By Mike Seely Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damaging sub ... More >>
48 Hours Festival was insane. Picture this: more than 20 heavy-hitting rock bands, VIP pool cabanas in the middle of a Vegas parking lot, and lounges with such names as Debauchery and the Godfather, moonshine, strippers, and massages, all fenced in at the Luxor Festival Grounds in Las Vegas. ... More >>
Lenni RosenblumSantanaAshley Furniture HomeStore PavilionSunday, September 18Carlos Santana makes a great argument for vintage rockers. At the ripe age of 64, Santana doesn't just continue to tour: it's as though he gets better every year. Going to a Santana concert isn't about getting crazy; it' ... More >>
A youthful Pratt. X103.9's Facebook fans may still be posting comments like "Maybe you guys can set around in your daily meetings and talk about how great the color red is and the wonders of wearing untied white high tops. You guys really screwed yourselves on this decision" and "Pratt? I though ... More >>
Tyler Christensen, the 31-year-old bar manager at Malee's Thai Bistro, thinks of bartending as alchemy. In Christensen's modern-day apothecary, he likes to create a new cocktail list each season. Christensen never used to like margaritas, so he decided to come up with a new recipe that ke ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaThe Eagles long after hell froze over in Phoenix."We should just close our eyes, and maybe they'll sound the same," she says about The Eagles, the band we're headed to see. I'm sitting next to her in our crowded light-rail car. She smells of strong perfume, too strong, but her ... More >>
This week's show announcements have a little of everything, including two of the finest purveyors of good ol' boy drinking music you'll find: George Thorogood and the Destroyers are set to play Celebrity at the end of July, Toby Keith comes to town in August. Surprisingly, even considering the despa ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaYou'd be hard-pressed to find a better-preserved 57-year-old rock star than Chrissie Hynde. Onstage at Dodge Theatre Wednesday night, the Pretenders frontwoman looked incredible and sounded exactly as she did 30 years ago, when the band recorded their eponymous debut. Really. Her distin ... More >>
Less than 48 hours remain until Kurt Warner and the rest of the Arizona Cardinals become either champs or chumps. As Steve Jansen wrote earlier today over on our Valley Fever blog, Kurt and the boys in red have a golden opportunity to not only redeem the enitre Cardinals franchise for stinking up P ... More >>
Down AKA Kilo is scheduled to perform Friday at the Sets in Tempe. This weekend's lineup of concerts isn't exactly big on star power. Sure, there are few major names scheduled to perform in the Valley over the next two nights (including local superstars The Maine, Latin hip-hopper Down AKA Kilo, a ... More >>
The Bird kicks it with Jarrett Maupin, infiltrates Rusty Childress prejudice parties and explains why Don Imus shouldve said "Eff you!"
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The virtual interview
Thanks to a bright invention, Valley favorite Jerry Riopelle is finally on the verge of becoming cool
Britt Daniel discusses the pride and pressure of rock stardom
"Go on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, you'll think you've crashed someone else's swell shindig."
This time, it's personal: Our look back at an intimate year in music.
The Arizona State Fair has "Gone Country"
Much like his Hawaiian waves, flip-flop folkie Jack Johnson finds a near-perfect groove
As Tolerance strives for a denser sound, the majors are taking a longer, harder look
Coming to terms with the power of the Über Crooner
June 24 - 30, 1999
At Desert Sky, the Offspring drag "punk" into the mire of mindlessness
Gene Autry would turn over in his grave
Their record company just dumped them; Fiesta Bowl sponsors think they're dips; but Tempe still love its Refreshments
Phonoroyale carries the torch song into the modern world
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